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Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau voted a SportsEvents 2015 Readers’ Choice Award winner

ROME, GA. — Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce SportsEvents Media Group, the leading sports event planner industry publication, has announced Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau as one of its 2015 Readers’ Choice Award winners.

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Winthrop Health & Rehabilitation accepts Centers of Excellence award
Posted: January 09, 2015

Winthrop Health & Rehabilitation celebrated their dedication and commitment to patients, their families and associates as they accepted two awards.

Knucklehead Cafe opens Wednesday
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Be one of the first to enjoy fine dining at the Knucklehead Café, located at 217 West Elm Street in Rockmart.

Rhonda Wallace receives ACCG certification
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:39 pm

ACCG, Georgia’s county association, and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia recently recognized county officials throughout the state with certificates for their completion of the core certification level in the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy.

GDOL to help Automation Personnel fill 15 jobs in Rome Nov. 18
Posted: November 05, 2014

ATLANTA --The Georgia Department of Labor will help Automation Personnel fill about 15 jobs with two light industrial manufacturers in Calhoun and Chatsworth.

Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary donates $175,000 to FMC programs
Posted: November 03, 2014

The Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary celebrated 43 years of service at it’s annual meeting, held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rome.

Harbin Clinic earns national recognition for 'patient-centered care model'
Posted: October 23, 2014

Rome, GA – Harbin Clinic, the largest physician-owned, multi-specialty healthcare group in Georgia, today announced that it has attained the highest level of certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its patient-centered approach to providing comprehensive healthcare. All of Harbin’s primary care practices – including family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics – have been certified, and the Tony E. Warren Cancer Center has earned esteemed recognition as the first Patient-Centered Specialty Practice in Georgia.

Sprint dealer building nearing completion
Posted: October 15, 2014

The new home for a Sprint celllular service dealership is nearing completion on Turner McCall Blvd. near the Fifth Avenue intersection.

Abral's Classy and Sassy opens on Broad Street
Posted: October 15, 2014

Abral's Classy and Sassy, 231 Broad Street, a building owned by David Clonts, opened in its new downtown location Tuesday. The shop, owned by Abral Wilson sells prom and formal dresses. It was previously located at 400 Shorter Avenue in west Rome.

Floyd County Farm Bureau member receives district award
Posted: October 14, 2014

MACON, Ga. – Floyd County Farm Bureau was recently recognized during the Georgia Farm Bureau 1st member programs. Leigh Rush is the FCFB president. FCFB member Iris Peeler received the GFB 1st Agriculture Award, which recognizes young farmers who earn the majority of their income from something other than production agriculture.

Vargo Orthodontics hosting silent auction this week to benefit Breast Center
Posted: October 07, 2014

This year Vargo Orthodontics is hosting a silent auction for pumpkins decorated by the Rome dental community with all proceeds going to the Breast Center in Rome to support the mobile mammography unit and the mammography scholarship program.

Berry College welcomes 14 new professors
Posted: October 06, 2014

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College has hired 14 new professors for the 2014-2015 academic year.

GDOL will help Kelly Services recruit workers in Rome on Oct. 9
Posted: October 01, 2014

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Rome Career Center will help Kelly Services recruit seasonal workers for Petz Enterprises, a software support company in Rome. The recruitment will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the career center at 462 Riverside Parkway.

TRED forms advisory board
Posted: September 29, 2014

Rome, GA – To further engage a diverse group of trail enthusiasts, TRED has formed a 10-person Board of Advisors. Realizing the heightened level of activities and enthusiasm surrounding the development of Rome and Floyd County’s trail system, TRED president Julie Smith sees the benefits of engaging local public, private, and government leaders in the big decisions that are essential to continuing our trail’s popularity.

Jimmy John's to open for lunch Tuesday
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Jimmy John’s, the gourmet sandwich shop known for delivering orders, is set to open today at 11 a.m., according to employees. The restaurant is in the corner of Charles Hight Square near the intersection of Turner McCall Boulevard and North Fifth Avenue. It is expected to have both indoor and outdoor seating.

Big Time Products getting bigger
Posted: September 23, 2014

Rome-based Big Time Products is growing again. The company is getting ready to start work on the addition of 5,000 square feet of office space to its corporate headquarters at 2 Wilbanks Road in Rome.

Rome Applebee’s planning expansion
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 11:02 pm

The Rome-Floyd Building Inspection office is currently reviewing plans for an expansion of the Applebee’s restaurant, 826 Turner McCall Blvd.

Play Turf: Pioneering safer playgrounds
Posted: September 23, 2014

Matthew Avery and Cullen Elam have partnered to resurrect a modern day version of a business that Avery’s grandfather, Pat Avery, helped pioneer more than 50 years ago.

River Dog Paddle Company coming to Broad Street
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 2:05 am

Mike and Connie Sams have brought the sport/hobby of stand up paddle boarding to Rome. The couple moved to Rome from Atlanta two years ago and have indicated on their website, www.riverdogpaddleco.com that they plan to open a shop at 5 Broad St. in early November.

Mount Berry Square Mall to continue under Hull Property Group flag
Posted: September 05, 2014

James M. Hull and Barry L. Storey have announced the formation of two new entities, Hull Property Group and BLS Holdings Group, LLC with the goal of allowing each individual the opportunity to pursue specialized interests.

Youth baseball training center opens in West Rome
Posted: September 02, 2014

Joel Wall is doing his best to renew interest in youth baseball in Rome, Floyd County and all of Northwest Georgia.  Wall has opened Future Athletics at 25 Shorter Industrial Blvd., Suite 200.

Geocaching event filling up local hotel and campgrounds on Oct. 15-19
Posted: September 02, 2014

Andi Beyer and Jim Williamson are expecting one of the largest crowds for an event in Rome this year when they host a Geocaching Mega-Event on Oct. 15-19.

Alford’s to acquire Cartridge World
Posted: September 02, 2014

Larry Alford and his wife, Missy Alford, of Servicemaster by Twins, have come to an agreement with Eric Labbe for the purchase of the franchise for Cartridge World of Rome at 315 Riverside Parkway.

O’Charley’s, ALDI to open soon; Ichiban already open
Posted: August 07, 2014

The month of August is going to be a big one for new businesses.

GHC Human Resources Seminar to focus on changing employment landscape
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 9:29 am

The Georgia Highlands College Office of Continuing Education will be hosting the 8th Annual Managing Human Resources Seminar on Aug. 6 from 8:30am-2:30pm. The seminar will focus on the changing employment landscape in Northwest Georgia and how to attract and retain high quality talent.

New pharmacy planned for North Rome
Posted: July 21, 2014

Plans are in progress to bring a new independent pharmacy to a location in North Rome.

Seminar on bid procurement at Chamber tomorrow
Posted: July 21, 2014

The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar to help small businesses with their bidding efforts Tuesday, July 22 at the Chamber.

Dealerships note: Simple Transfers now open
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 10:22 am

Hayden Moore has opened what he calls an inventory trade specialist business for new car dealers.

Beaulieu to create 350 jobs with $200 million Cartersville plant
Updated: July 15, 2014 - 2:20 am

A Belgium-based company is bringing its manufacturing operations to the United States with a Cartersville facility.

State to help O’Charley’s recruit workers for Rome location
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 1:08 pm

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help O’Charley’s fill a dozen jobs for food service workers at a new restaurant set to open in August on Turner-McCall Boulevard in Rome.

Etowah Landing recognized by national program for best practices in quality care
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Etowah Landing, a 100-bed Genesis HealthCare skilled nursing center located at 809 South Broad Street, Rome, GA, today announced that it has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze– Commitment to Quality award for its dedication to improving the lives of patients and residents through improved quality care.

Renovations for O'Charley's location beginning to show
Posted: June 23, 2014

Ventura Construction picked up a permit for renovations at 707 Turner McCall Blvd., owned by Wayne Robinson and Brooke Temple, soon to be the home of a new O’Charley’s restaurant. Value of the work is set at $160,000 and they hope to have the restaurant open early this fall.

United Community Bank donates $900 to Salvation Army of Floyd County as part of annual event
Updated: June 29, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Blairsville, Ga. (June 20, 2014) – United Community Bank is donating $23,400 to charity, thanks to proceeds from its signature annual event – The Bankers Hour. United Community Bank employees recently entertained more than 6,000 customers and friends at the 20th annual live production of The Bankers Hour.

Classic car auction raises $24,000 for Cancer Navigators
Updated: June 23, 2014 - 1:52 am

ROME - When Wayne and Pat Vick made the generous offer of donating a classic 1928 Ford Model A Speedster to an auction benefitting Cancer Navigators, it was certain to be a major source of funding for the non-profit organization.

Toyo job fair announced in Cartersville
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 6:13 pm

The Georgia Department of Labor will assist Toyo Tires in White to hire on new employees for the manufacturing facility north of Cartersville.

Snazzy Rags hosts grand opening
Posted: June 16, 2014

Brooke Nolan’s Snazzy Rags will host a grand opening event at the women’s boutique’s new location, 419 Broad St., Tuesday June 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dogwood store sheds antiques from shelves
Posted: June 16, 2014

 After operating for many years as Dogwood Books & Antiques, 240 Broad St., Ken Studdard has dropped the antiques from his business and renamed the store, Dogwood Books.

Evergreen Health & Rehab receives bronze national quality award
Posted: June 09, 2014

Rome, Ga – Evergreen Health & Rehab has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Sing 'Happy Birthday' to Steak ’n Shake - restaurant makes an attempt to set Guinness record
Posted: June 03, 2014

Romans will have an opportunity to participate in an attempt to set a Guinness Book World Record for simultaneous singing of “Happy Birthday” this coming Saturday June 7 at 1 p.m. at Steak 'n Shake at 838 Turner McCall Boulevard.

Honeymoon Bakery sponsors scavenger hunt
Posted: June 03, 2014

The Honeymoon Bakery, 228 Broad St., will celebrate “7 Years in the 7 Hills” by sponsoring a special scavenger hunt Saturday, June 7, at 11:30 a.m.

Cooper opens medical supply shop on John Maddox Drive
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 10:09 am

Kevin Cooper, a respiratory therapist by trade and medical supply sales worker for the past ten years, has decided to open a storefront medical supply business, Cooper Medical Supply, 115 John Maddox Drive, in west Rome.

GDOL to help Roper recruit workers for Walker County plant
Updated: May 13, 2014 - 12:25 pm

The Georgia Department of Labor is conducting an on-going recruitment to help Roper Corporation, a division of GE, fill 80 manufacturing jobs at its facility in LaFayette.

Harbin Clinic offers free hearing aid evaluations May 19 through May 23
Updated: May 13, 2014 - 12:17 pm

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, and Harbin Clinic Certified Audiologists are offering free hearing aid evaluations. Signs that you may need a hearing aid evaluation:

TigerFlight receives grant
Posted: April 29, 2014

The Allstate Foundation has honored Rome Allstate Insurance Agent Mike Britton by awarding a $1,000 Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Grant to TigerFlight Foundation based at Rome’s Richard B. Russell Regional Airport, Rome.

Boys and Girls Club adds new summer meal program
Posted: April 29, 2014

The Boys and Girls Club in Rome has started a new after-school feeding program, which features U.S. Department of Agriculture fully approved meals, at all three of the clubs facilities in Floyd County and one location in Polk County.

Big tourism industry unveiling in Cartersville Tuesday
Posted: April 28, 2014

The Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville will host the launch of the newly-revised consumer tourism website www.ExploreGeorgia.org on Tuesday, April 29. The center is on Ga. 20 across from the Georgia Highlands College Cartersville campus coming from Rome, or off I-75, Exit 290 if using the interstate.

Ideal Bakery closing its doors in Cedartown
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Ideal Bakery owner Debbie Brown hopes the cupcakes and cookies will continue in Cedartown, but her time with the iconic business is over.

Krystal to build new location in Rockmart
Updated: April 23, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Krystal, an American fast food restaurant chain headquartered in Atlanta, will soon begin construction of a new restaurant in Rockmart.

voestalpine to host grand opening ceremonies in Cartersville on Tuesday
Posted: April 17, 2014

Wolfgang Eder, the CEO of Austrian-based voestalpine, will host a press conference prior to the grand opening festivities at the Metal Forming Division’s newest U.S. plant in Cartersville Tuesday, April 22.  

NPR commentator, cyclist to return to Rome
Posted: March 25, 2014

Willie Weir, an adventure bicyclist and renowned National Public Radio commentator, will be back in Rome on May 1.

Brow Patch back on Martha Berry Highway
Updated: March 25, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Anna Davis has moved her Brow Patch women’s salon business back to 2797 Martha Berry Highway, Suite A, after an absence of several months.